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Library offers new video conferencing system
The A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library is now able to connect people around the world with a new video conferencing system. On Friday night, the library tested out the new equipment with a presentation by the Seward Sea Life Center, “Living in the Ring of Fire.” The live presentation focused on the impact that volcanic activity has on Kodiak and other communities in the Ring of Fire. Library director Joe D’Elia sa...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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James Wells faces murder charges for two Coast Guard deaths
Ten months after the bodies of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle were found at Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak, one of their coworkers is facing federal murder charges. James Michael Wells, 61, was arrested in Kodiak on Friday on suspicion of the murders of Coast Guardsmen Hopkins and Belisle. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced the arrest in a press...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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New CG housing policy not expected to impact Kodiak real estate
A new policy requiring Coast Guard personnel outside the contiguous United States to live on base won’t have a big effect on Kodiak’s real estate industry. In a Friday morning meeting with the Kodiak Board of Realtors, Chief Warrant Officer Melissa Jacobs of the Coast Guard housing department in Kodiak said Kodiak’s ongoing housing shortage means the policy won’t hurt Kodiak’s real estate industry. “We looked at t...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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KHS project bid opening delayed
Kodiak will have to wait a bit longer to learn the cost of the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. During Thursday evening’s Kodiak Island Borough assembly work session, borough manager Bud Cassidy told assembled officials that the bid opening on the project as been delayed by two weeks. Instead of Feb. 20, the borough will consider contractors’ bids on March 6, one day before the original constru...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak man arrested for Coast Guard double murder
Ten months after the bodies of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle were found in Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak, a man has been arrested and is facing murder charges. James Michael Wells was arrested in Kodiak on Friday in connection with the murders of Coast Guardsmen Hopkins and Belisle. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced the arrest in a press rele...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holland America cruise ships will return in 2014
Holland is coming back to Kodiak. On Thursday afternoon, Discover Kodiak announced that Holland America cruise lines is returning regular service to Kodiak in 2014. The announcement came one year after Holland declared it was ending its 14-day cruise across the Gulf of Alaska in order to focus on weeklong cruises in Southeast Alaska. “I don’t think they ever stopped looking at it, but I believe they heard enough c...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chilly winter of ’11 likely to cool ’13 pink returns
The winter of 2011-2012 shattered water mains and dropped the second-most snow ever on Kodiak. Now, fisheries biologists forecast it will have a chilling effect on this summer’s salmon harvest. During a meeting of the Kodiak Fish and Game advisory board, area management biologist James Jackson said this year’s pink salmon harvest is expected to include about 6.8 million wild pinks and 10.2 million hatchery-raised ...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough assembly asks nonprofits for more info ahead of annual request
A plan to alter the way the Kodiak Island Borough distributes money to nonprofits met intense criticism during a regular Thursday night meeting of the borough assembly. A subcommittee led by assemblywoman Carol Austerman has drafted a new six-page application for nonprofit funding, but a handful of speakers firmly said the application is long, complicated, and too difficult to complete, particularly for small grou...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Researcher talks coldwater coral in lunchtime lesson
Deep-sea cold-water coral are difficult to identify, and not much is known about the different species. In a Thursday brown bag lunch science lecture, Art Schultz discussed how he got involved in researching coral, and explained why it’s difficult to find any information about the mysterious deep-sea species. “It’s a very fuzzy subject,” he said. Schultz, a commercial fisherman, has been researching deep-sea coral...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Airport could be renamed for Benny Benson
Jay Barrett is best known as the voice of authority on KMXT-FM’s news reports, but a new project has him advocating a change, not simply reporting the news. In observance of the 100th anniversary of Benny Benson’s birth, Barrett is advocating that Kodiak State Airport be renamed Benny Benson State Airport. Barrett, who is garnering local support for the renaming, presents his plan at 7:30 p.m. tonight to the Kodia...
Feb 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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